Federer breaks new ground, plays Monfils in SFs

Top seed Roger Federer remains on course to win his third straight ATP World Tour title after he defeated No. 11 seed Jurgen Melzer of Austria 6-1, 7-6(4) in 71 minutes on Friday at the BNP Paribas Masters, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Paris.

Federer hit 18 aces, a career-high in a two-set match, surpassing his previous high of 17 aces in a first round win over France Cyril Saulnier at the 2001 Open 13 in Marseille. The Swiss lost just 12 points in the first set, before Melzer found his range on a quick indoor court.

"I thought I served well the whole match," said Federer. "I think in the second he was able play a bit more solid overall, and I think he served a bit better. Top guys rarely just go through two sets not having a sniff at all. His sniff was in the breaker when he hit two good returns to go 2-1 in a mini-break, really."

By reaching his first semi-final at the Palais Omnisports, Federer improved to a 60-12 match record on the season. In recent weeks he has lifted trophies at the If Stockholm Open (d. F. Mayer) and at the Swiss Indoors Basel (d. Djokovic), which moved him into fourth place (65-28 finals record) in the Open Era title leader list.

Federer takes a 5-0 lead into his semi-final against Gael Monfils.

Date: 13.11.2010, Source: ATP


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